Monday, July 12, 2010

The flanks and the spine are collapsing

Governors: Obama's Immigration Suit Is 'Toxic'

Democratic governors expressed "grave" concerns to White House officials this weekend about the Obama administration's suit against Arizona's new immigration law, warning it could cost the party in crucial elections this fall, The New York Times reported late Sunday. 

The closed-door meeting took place at the National Governors Association in Boston on Saturday, according to two unnamed governors who spoke to the Times.

"Universally the governors are saying, 'We've got to talk about jobs, and all of a sudden we have immigration going on,'" Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, was quoted as saying. "It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats."
The Arizona law, which is facing a U.S. Justice Department challenge, requires police to question people about their immigration status while enforcing other laws if there's reason to suspect someone is in the country illegally.
"I might have chosen both a different tack and a different time," Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado, a Democrat, was quoted by the Times as saying. "This is an issue that divides us politically, and I'm hopeful that their strategy doesn't do that in a way that makes it more difficult for candidates to get elected, particularly in the West."

So what does it mean when the backbone of your party expresses grave concern? I tend to think that the message is being sent loud and clear by these governors. "We are in deep doo doo with the voters and it's your fault." Even his base in media and the staunch liberal left think tanks are crumbling as evidenced by this news from the flanks.

In a 17,000-plus-word piece published in The Nation on Thursday, journalist Eric Alterman calls the Obama presidency “a big disappointment” for progressives and blames a broken system in Washington that he says allows the minority party to rule with impunity — and special interests and big money to dictate legislative policy.
Although, the loony left seems to forget when they were the minority party and tweaking the noses of the republicans and pretty much getting their way on everything during the Bush years. Now? Suddenly? It's not fair that the "minority party" should have any say so in "our" affairs.

To borrow a phrase from our beloved court jester vice president Biden, "Liberals.....God love em."

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